The movies are definitely great. My only issue is their treatment of Faramir (better with the extended version, but in the original he gets short-changed and it defeats the entire purpose of this character), but minor quibbles considering what it would be like to adapt that monster of a series.
Ah, yeah. I’ve heard that before. Faramir was what tempted me into attempt #5 at reading LotR. 😛 But I agree, those must have been a MONSTER to try to translate into movie form. O_O